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from John McGourty at NHL.com,
To hear Tom McVie tell it, John Ferguson Sr., who died Saturday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer at age 68, liked to be surrounded by family and friends, hockey and horse-racing people, good food, good music and good horses.
Understanding that Ferguson was losing his battle to cancer, a group of life-long friends gathered with John and his wife, Joan, back in March for one last good time.
from Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette,
Four decades ago, because of John Ferguson, I was sent to bed without supper and docked a week’s allowance.
And while I long ago forgave the Montreal Canadiens’ hard-rock winger whom we sadly lost to cancer on Saturday at age 68, I’m not so sure about my sister.
Fergy was one of my childhood heroes; nothing unusual about that for a Montreal schoolboy in the mid-1960s who thought the Stanley Cup was loaned autumn through spring by the Canadiens to the National Hockey League.
from On the Forecheck,
So how can you use this? Checking out who has the furthest to travel for games on consecutive nights is a start. That honor goes to the Vancouver Canucks, who play at Edmonton on November 20, then have to fly 1,090 miles to play the Wild in Minnesota the next evening. You can summarize and sort the teams based on greatest and least travel. Who’s going to face the toughest defensive teams on the road this year? Whose goalie is going to see the most rubber flying his way? How do the divisions compare?
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Over the Summer, diehard Devils fan, Battle of NY blogger, and Kukla’s Korner “broadcast contributor” Steve Lepore will chronicle his trips to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ during it’s ongoing construction, on target for a grande opening on October 25th (for a Bon Jovi Concert) and a Devils opening October 27th (against the Senators).
By Steve Lepore
Sure, it can be a daunting place to visit. Once in a while, you’ll be propositioned by a man selling cheap roses for Valentine’s Day (even though it’s the middle of July) and the supposed “Newark Boys & Girls Clubs” selling M & M’s. But there’s something that’s a little lost in all the perception and the supposed “evil” that comes out of New Jersey’s second most dangerous city (#1 is Camden, which is basically a suburb of Philly, but no one complains about Flyers games being in a bad neighborhood).
from the Ynetnews,
Ice hockey evokes associations of snow, freezing temperatures and an audience wrapped in heavy coats. Yet, Sunday, in the middle of the boiling, humid, Israeli summer, the Jewish world’s ice hockey championship was opened in Metula….
Competing teams represent the US, France, Israel and Canada. In Sunday’s first game, held yesterday the US beat France 6:4, although as long as the Jews win, who cares.
from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,
Forsberg and the Avalanche should get together in Denver in the coming season and say a proper goodbye.
One more ride for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere has recently added two critical pieces to the team - forward Ryan Smyth and defenseman Scott Hannan. Only one piece remains missing.
One more Cup for Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg….
The Avalanche should allow Forsberg to dictate the terms of his comeback - as Roger Clemens did - and not rush it. And the Avs could get a break on his salary cap number. How about $3 mil for half a season? One more look, and Forsberg will pay for himself. The deal makes dollars and sense.
from the Tennessean,
The Predators, who finished last season with an average of 13,815 paid fans per game, are trying to increase their ticket base for the coming season.
An average of 14,000 paid fans per game would keep the team’s lease with the city intact, making it all but impossible for any prospective owner to move the Predators.
An average of 16,000 paid fans per game would allow new ownership to break even, according to David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC and one of the leaders of a local ownership bid.
“The ticket rally is very important. Critical,’’ Freeman said via e-mail. “It will show the NHL whether Nashville is a hockey market or not. It will confirm to our ownership group that our faith and investment in the city is warranted.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Two men — one of them a San Jose Sharks draft pick — are lucky to be alive after their plane crashed south of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, Saturday, killing the pilot….
Warrant officer James Warden said it took about 10 minutes to get through the dense bush, carrying medical equipment.
They hadn’t even spotted the wreckage when they heard one of the men responding to their call for survivors.
The voice belonged to Glenn Olson, a left-wing free agent with the NHL’s Sharks, Warden said.
from Russo’s Rants,
Look for Niedermayer to officially retire in the very near future.
His brother Rob was married Saturday in Victoria, BC, in front of several current and past teammates, including two of the best guys I’ve ever covered, Ray Whitney and Len Barrie.
According to those in the know, Scott Niedermayer delayed his announcement so Rob wouldn’t have to deal with questions leading up to his wedding.
Sunday afternoon in July, if you are reading KK you must be hockey hungry.
A KK member pointed out and translated this CBC story and the translation follows…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Now, you’d like to think there is retribution coming down the road for those teams which spent like French kings, but the truth is, you can’t be certain where this is going. The cap rose to just north of $50 million this summer from $44 million last season and, yikes, $39 million in 2005-06, the first season after the lockout, and the widespread presumption is it can’t possibly go up again.
But the new CBC deals kicks in at $100 million Cdn in 2008-09, up from $60 million this season. Huge markets in Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis have been under-performing at the gate and now seem poised to turn their fortunes around. The New Jersey Devils are moving into a new rink. Nashville could move into a more lucrative market.
Add it all up and who’s to say the cap won’t go up again, leading to more fireworks next summer?
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